Safety Tips for Protecting Yourself during Covid-1930,Dec,2020
Lockdown has been lifted, and life has gone back to normal. However, the pandemic is far from over as the virus remains with us. Staying safe and protecting yourself and others from getting infected is paramount at this point. On that note, below are COVID-19 safety tips provided by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, for the protection of yourself and others against coronavirus.
Protecting yourself and others
By following the tips outlined and explained below, you will be doing your part in keeping yourself and others safe from the coronavirus
Avoid close contact
- Practice social distancing and avoid close contact with people. Sometimes, people can be infected without showing symptoms of infection
- Keep in touch with loved ones through calls, texts and video calls. Avoid physical visits for now
- If you don’t have to travel, don’t. Stay at home
- If you must go out, maintain a distance of about 6 feet or two arm’s length between yourself and others
Cover your mouth and nose
- When speaking, sneezing or coughing, cover your mouth and nose with a disposable tissue paper. Dispose of the tissue immediately and wash your hands thoroughly afterwards
- If there is no tissue, sneeze or cough into the crook of your elbow and wash your hands afterwards
Wash your hands all the time
- After being in a public place, or after sneezing, coughing and touching surfaces, wash your hands with soap and water
- Use an alcohol-based hand sanitiser of at least 60% alcohol if water and soap is unavailable
- Whether your hands are washed or not, avoid touching your face or parts of it like your eyes, nose and mouth
Wear face masks
- Protect yourself and others when you go out in public places by wearing a face mask.
- Also, maintain social distancing while wearing your face mask
- Do not wear a mask meant for a health care worker
- Children under the age of 2 should not wear face masks
- See CDC guidelines on how to make your masks
Clean and disinfect surfaces regularly
- Surfaces that you often touch such as handles, tabletops, counters, light switches, toilets and even phones must be disinfected and cleaned regularly
Who is at risk
Everyone is at risk of getting infected and suffering from COVID-19; however, there are groups of people who are significantly more vulnerable to this virus. These people include the following
- People with a weak immune system. A weak immune system is usually as a result of illness or habits like smoking. On that note, people who smoke, people who are undergoing treatment for cancer or any other immune system-related disease are at greater risk than others
- People who have severe health issues or underlying medical conditions like chronic asthma, serious kidney disease, heart or lung disease and diabetes
If you belong to either of the group mentioned above, you must take note of the following
- Stay at home and avoid unnecessary movement outside. If you don’t need to travel, don’t.
- Your Healthcare provider must be contacted if you have concerns or want to obtain extra medication is you wish to stay at home longer
- If you are at higher risk, call a medical practitioner as soon as you notice symptoms associated with COVID-19.
When you are sick
If you think that you may have been exposed to the virus, seek help immediately by calling your health care provider from home. This is to prevent infecting others when you go out. Take note of the symptoms you experience. COVID-19 shares some symptoms with other diseases like the flu, however, when your symptoms become worse, or you have difficulty in breathing, call for help immediately.
What to do when you have mild illness
If you show signs of mild illness, do the following
- Isolate yourself from everyone else in your home and avoid sharing items like dishes, cups, bedding and towels. Wash everything with soap and water.
- Stay at home and call the health care provider. Follow their advice before you make any trip to the health centre
- Clean and disinfect surfaces and bathrooms designated to you or in your room always.
- Wear a face mask when you are around people or in public
Emergency warning signs
When your symptoms progress to the following listed below, call for medical attention immediately
- Bluish Lips or face
- Inability to remain awake
- Difficulty in breathing
- Pain or pressure in the chest
Don’t forget to call for emergency medical help if you think you might have COVID-19. Find out more about the symptoms associated with COVID-19 on the CDC website. To be sure of your status, you need to get tested. You can visit our clinic or contact a private clinic near you for PCR swab test.
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